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Second Story - Bloomington, IN, U.S.A. [Live]

Guided By Voices

Date: 01/27/1995
Format: Gig
Audio Exists: No
Video Exists: No
Support: Velo-Deluxe.

Review found on internet mentioning this gig:

Guided by Voices, Jan. 27, Second Story (with Velo-Deluxe) Fortunately, many people did show up for the Guided by Voices show, dispelling his fears. There was a substantial crowd before the opening act, locals Velo-Deluxe, started playing.

Velo-Deluxe are well-loved in their hometown, and they were received well by the crowd. They played mostly material from their noise-pop album Superelastic, and in addition played some new material. A few of the newer numbers seemed to drag on somewhat, but overall I enjoyed the set.

Guided by Voices followed this up with a very fine set. I wasn't sure what to expect from them...for some reason I was worried they'd be really mellow and sloppy, but one guitarist was doing Townshend-like jumps, to my surprise and relief (cool detachment can make for one hell of a boring show). Robert Pollard came out in his Matador t-shirt, which was either tongue-in-cheek or a sign of newfound 'company loyalty' on his part, but I didn't feel like analyzing it at the time. He put away about a case of beer over the course of the show, which was impressive in itself, but what was more impressive was how good it all sounded. They played material from _Bee Thousand_, plus some older stuff including 'Shocker in Gloomtown,' and also played new songs. Mr. Spin, in his really toned-down Sgt. Pepper get up, did OK on the bass, but lagged far behind Pollard in beer consumed onstage, so his days with the band are numbered.
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